Death with Dignity, Compassion & Choices Action Network, and Massachusetts Death with Dignity are joining forces to send a message to the Massachusetts Legislature: It’s time to vote on and approve medical aid in dying in Massachusetts!
Read our letter below and then sign on to add your name. We’ll be hand-delivering this letter to every Massachusetts Representative and Senator next week so they know how important this issue is to you.
Our letter to the Massachusetts Legislature
We the people of Massachusetts, do hereby request the Massachusetts Legislature in this 2022 Legislative Session, vote on and approve the Massachusetts End of Life Options Act (S.1384) as passed by the Public Health Committee in March.
Dying patients across this state must be granted this most personal and fundamental freedom to control their own end-of-life decisions.
There can be no doubt – unfounded fears, perhaps – but no doubt that these laws have provided dying patients relief from suffering. Relief that they request for themselves when diagnosed within six months of death.
After the diagnosis is confirmed and the patient is deemed to be mentally competent to make their own health care decisions, only they can voluntarily request a prescription to end their life peacefully, on their terms, surrounded by their loved ones, by self-administering the medication.
Over the past decade, support in Massachusetts has grown to 77%, according to the most recent Boston Globe-Suffolk poll from May 2022. The poll also found that by a wide plurality of 39% to 21%, citizens are more likely to support a candidate who votes for the law this session.
The time has come for the Commonwealth to give dying and suffering patients the right to control their own deaths.
As your constituents, we most strongly urge you to move S.1384 from the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing to the Senate. Please, act on it now.
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